Drawing Lesson - Graphite Wooden and
Woodless Pencils

Line Control and Properties.

In this exercise, you will explore some of the properties of graphite pencils and the variety of marks and lines they can achieve. Graphite is fragile and comes in sticks, pencils and powder. Due to its oily property, it is permanent and does not require any fixative. When used to shade large areas it appears smooth and velvety. When sharpened it creates an intense line when pressed into the paper.

Woodless Pencil: These are graphite pencils without wood on the outside like traditional graphite pencils and usually come in only softer forms HB, 2B, 4B, 6B, and 8B.

Wooden Pencil: wood pencils have a wider range of hardness and softness, H9, 9H, 8H, 7H, 6H, 5H, 4H, 3H, 2H, H – HB – B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8B, 9B. These are from hard to soft, most artists use HB to 8B as they have a more interesting line quality.

In this exercise create a chart like the one below and use your graphite pencils to mimic the marks below. First create a range of gradations from dark to light using your 9H to 9B pencils as shone on the lift hand side of the diagram. Next copy the textures and patterns in the boxes below, when you have successfully crated these textures and gradations then create additional charts with different marks that you can invent of your own.

Materials: Graphite pencils and 14 x 17 drawing paper

Pencil Drawing Exercise Lesson